How Emotional Intelligence Grows With Enhanced Social Skills
Social skills and emotional intelligence have always mattered in an environment where people need to mingle with others having the same interests and beliefs. However, a report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in August 2015 reveals it matters just as much in a working environment.
Companies are adopting evaluation tools to measure interpersonal skills of their employees and job applicants. Technological advances have made it possible to automate most tasks performed repeatedly by humans. Those lacking skills to develop interpersonal relationships invariably fall into this category.
How The Technical Workforce Uses Social Skills
Technical expertise used to depend only on analytical skills rather than the need to interact with colleagues in an organization. Trending technology, again, has made it possible for organizations to downsize the human workforce. It is in this competitive environment that a technical hand with better public-relation talent is able to function much beyond what technology demands.
For example, no- touch interfaces are slated to be the next basic technology in computers, which may do away the need to type in commands. In this environment, the marketer or businessmen may stand a better chance of completing basic to complicated tasks through enhanced public skills.
Google and Microsoft, among other communication giants, are striving to play dominant roles in delivering entertainment to the masses, and they may need financial experts, scientists, and drivers to facilitate information through interactive platforms involving a large audience.
Social Skills Needed To Excel In Any Industry
Modern businesses employ teams of professionals capable of moving from one project to another, seamlessly producing optimum results through brainstorming sessions and interaction with colleagues within the team.
Interpersonal relationships dominate how discussions take place. At the end of a session, team members willingly follow steps to complete a task. To fit into such a team, the following social skills must be developed.
- Instill confidence in the group by coming out with new ideas to stimulate joint discussions.
- Make a distinct effort to help others by supporting them in various team tasks and by proving inputs needed to make career advances.
- Demonstrate sensitivity that is visible to the entire group by demonstrating superior listening skills developed through continuous practice and with willingness to pay close attention to other speakers in a group discussion.
- Cooperate with others in producing a congenial atmosphere for constructive thought processes, thereby putting teamwork above self-interest to create a cohesive structure.
- Be inquisitive enough to follow conversations thoroughly and be in a position to ask pertinent questions and spark further debate within a collaborative situation.
- Influence other members of the group to agree on your point of view through well-researched information and predictive situations.
- Respect decisions made by group members. It comes naturally to a team member with interpersonal skills who understands viewpoints of other members and has the flexibility needed to try out possibilities without being judgmental or discourteous.